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Miami Gardens City Hall's N\w Address: Obama Boulevard

Jan 11, 2013

Nadege Green


Miami Gardens will have a street named after President Barack Obama, after all.

An earlier attempt last month was rejected by the council because the proposed location on Northwest Second Avenue was deemed not worthy enough.

The street that was deemed acceptable for "President Barack and Michelle Obama Boulevard" is Northwest 185 Terrace between 27th and 25th Avenues. It is also the site of the new City Hall that is scheduled to open later this year.

The street renaming passed unanimously at Wednesday's council meeting.

While city officials admit the two city blocks that will be named after the president and his wife are currently in need of improvement, they say once construction is completed residents -- and the president -- would be proud.

According to City Manager Danny Crew, the city is spending $1.5 million in renovations and upgrades on President Barack and Michelle Obama Boulevard.

"We're going to make sure it looks good out there," said Vice-Mayor Lisa Davis.

The renaming comes before President Obama's inauguration on Jan. 21.

Once City Hall is built, residents who send letters in the mail to the council or other city officials will address the envelope to President Barack and Michelle Obama Boulevard.

The council will also consider at a later date if it wants to rename a portion of Northwest 199th Street after Marcus Garvey, pan-African activist and Jamaican political leader.

Source: (c)2013 The Miami Herald. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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